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The challenges of the modern world and our rapidly changing environment demand new ways of working that can disrupt the status quo and challenge established ways of thinking. The Edinburgh Futures Institute is a brand new part of the University of Edinburgh where this is happening.

Benefits of a future focused degree

Our distinctive postgraduate programmes and interdisciplinary approach benefit graduates in a number of ways that support future employability and development. As well as knowledge specific to your area of study, studying at Edinburgh Futures Institute will give you the skills and understanding you need to become a creative, confident and critical citizen in a fast-changing world.

These include core data skills, data ethics, the ability to interrogate issues of global scope, and the creative and analytic approaches to knowledge that are vital for building better futures.

For instance, students have opportunities to:

  • Acquire and enhance the data and higher-order skills we know are important for the future of work, for confident and critical citizenship, and for a thriving, just society.
  • Think ambitiously about the future across different sectors and disciplines and apply innovative and creative methods to complex problems.
  • Learn in an ambitious, creative, ‘what-if’ environment that will let you explore your passions.

The University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh Futures Institute is part of a large, diverse, global community that includes more than 44,000 students studying in more than 150 academic disciplines. Here you will work at the highest academic level alongside some of the most influential people in your field, online and on campus.

In addition to outstanding facilities, high quality teaching and unique links to industry and innovation, University of Edinburgh graduates are ranked 25th in the world by employers,* making Edinburgh an excellent choice for a postgraduate education with prospects.

* QS World University Rankings 2022

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Creative Industries

Work directly with the world-class creative and cultural industries in Edinburgh, as you bring together cross-disciplinary expertise in data analytics, creative thinking, business and law to understand and address the complex challenges faced by this vital sector.
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Data, Inequality and Society

Work with sector experts and leading researchers as you learn to build more equitable, inclusive societies. Bring advanced, cross-disciplinary knowledge to the most pressing global challenges of our time.
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Education Futures

Understand and build new, vital educational possibilities for the future by bringing together research-led, cross-disciplinary and data-driven approaches to educational knowledge, organisations, spaces and relationships.
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Future Governance

Explore and analyse the challenges and opportunities that big data brings to the future of democracy. Develop leading-edge knowledge to help shape the world – and your career – by driving positive change.
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Narrative Futures: Art, Data, Society

Combine hands-on creative and data skills with critical, interdisciplinary enquiry to study the way narratives frame our understanding of the world and shape our planetary futures.
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Service Management and Design

Bring the fields of service management and service design together to develop your understanding of a sector vital to the future of our economies and societies. Develop the critical, creative and data skills essential to career success within private and public service sectors including finance, retail, health, social care and more.
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